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anecdote, a mode of conveying whai is admit of those minute details which
considered information, too prevalent are necessary for illustrating a va.
at sis day. In the course of the work riety of very interesting particulars.
it appears, that he was secretary to the The man who wishes to view the
famous reformer John Knox; and most
probabiy, through his influence, obtain. living manners, the mode of thinking
ed much of the intelligence, to which and acting among the mass of the
we can hardly suppose he could other people, must turn to contemporary
wise have liad access, In particular, it writings; and nothing can
is not likely, that some of the following his purpose better than such a jour-
state-papers, which are wonderfully cor-
rect, had that degree of publicity, which in a manner the most varied and mis-

nal as this, written on the spot, and
would have enabled him to ascertain
their contents, without resorting to the

cellaneous. It may be considered as authority of the prevailing government, a newspaper upwards of two hundred

Pref. p. 1. years old; for it contains not merely Great use appears to have been a register of public transactions, but made of it in some of the old histo- the most trifling occurrences of the ries ; in particular by Calderwood and day, familiar letters, scraps of serSpottiswoode, who have both copied mons, dying confessions, burning of it with the utmost exactness. Even witches, &c. &c. The whole exhithe historian of King James the Sext, bits a striking picture of that turbuwho preceded these two, has, in some lent state of society which was propassages, a coincidence of narrative, duced by the overgrown power of which renders it probable that he the nobles, the minority of the king, has seen the journal. The only per. and the civil dissensions. Murder, son however who quotes it for authority robbery, and way-laying, are quite is Goodall, about half a century ago ; common incidents, with which half and no historian since his time seems

the volume is Glled. to have had any knowledge of it. One striking circumstance is the Mr D. has some suspicion, that great outward respect paid to religi. Goodall, who held for some time the on, and the profound reverence with office of librarian to the Advocates which its ministers are regarded. An library, kept it studiously out of sight apprehension being entertained, that on account of its hostility to his own the governor of the castle was meditar opinion respecting Queen Mary, ting some design against John Knox, Certain it is, that it is not entered in a number of the first nobility wrote any catalogue of that library, and it him a letter, stating that they valued was found by Mr D. while examining the life of that reformer equally with all the manuscripts which that libra- their own. We often find very

little ry contained, among some papers however of the conduct suitable; quite unconnected with the subject, religion is in general only the ladder

The Editor has now presented it by which they may mount to power to the public, in the hope that it may and importance. The pulpit is the be of use to the compiler of history, great rallying place' of political conby illustrating some disputed points tention, in the same manner as the in the Scottish annals. But for our clubs were in France during the time parts, we are disposed to give it a of the revolution. Every kind of more extensive use, and to consider it reproach is thrown upon those who as interesting to the general reader. preached only doctrines and duties, In a regular history, such as that of Ro- and “sic generalities,” and who did bertson, the whole narrative is neces- not reprove personally those whom sarilythrown into one common mould, they conceived to have violated these and the dignity of history does not duties. This is a fault of which, to

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ali appearance, Joho Knox (many of Indeed from the tenor of the work whose pulpit orations we have here we should be led to suppose, that her preserved) never had to reproach guilt was considered at that time himself. The followiug may serve throughout Scotland, as acknowledged as a specimen of the style in which and undeniable ; for even the Bishop he inveighs against the Queen. of Galloway, in a sermon where he

endeavours to inculcate the duty of That I have called hir ane obstinat idolatrice, ane that consented to the praying for the Queen, and of consimurther of hir awin husband, and ane dering her as the lawful sovereign, that hes comitted whordome, and vil. does not rest at all on any belief of lanous adulterie, I glaidlie grant and her innocence, but urges, never myndis to deny ; bot realing and Sanct David was a synner, and so was seditione they are never able to prove 'scho; Sanct David was an adulturer, and in me, till that they first compell Esai,

so is scho; Sanct David committed murJeremie, and Ezechiel, St. Paul, and

ther in slaying Vrias for his wyfe, and viheris to recant, of whom I have learn.

so did scho: bot what is this to the mated planelie and bauldlie, to call wicket

er: the more wicked that scho be, bis ness be the awin termes, a feg, a feg, subsectis suld pray for hir, to bring hir and a spead, a spead. I fear that threat

to the spreit of repentance; for Judas ening pronounced be Esai, in these

was ane synner, and gif he had bene wordis, Wo to them that call lyght dark- prayed for, he had not diet in dispair; ness, and darkness lyght, good ewill, whairfore, I pray all faythfull subiects, and ewill good. If scho be innocent of to pray for thair lauchfull magistrate, ony of the crymes laid to hir charge be gif it be the quene. It is the quene, a3 me, then may I be accused as a railer; I doubt not; but ye may weill consider, but gif there a win conscience bearis that na inferiour subiect lies power to witnes to thame, that scho is guiltie in deprive or depose their lauchfuil magisall the forenamed, and in everie one of trate, hie or scho whatsumever, albeit them, and in mony moe, lat them studie they comitt whordome, murther, incest, how they sal be absolved before God,

or ony vther cryme, being anes be God who threatenis to cas Jesabell in a bed, iust and lauchfull prince or princes, to and them that

comitt fornicatione with ring above you, not chosen as the imhir in great amictione, except they re- periall magistratis are.

P. 181. pent. How mony flattered hir when sche raged in hir iniquitie, vnder the

We find a firm belief in witchcraft cloak of authoritie, some within this prevailing among all ranks, high and realme, and within the same citie vnder low. standis. But how that God the just On Tuysdey, the 3 of Julij, 1571, iudge hath overthrawin bir pryde, and Andro Lundie beand åt dener with my disapointed there fals flattering promi. maister, in a place of the lard of Abbotses, the wliole world can witness, and thalls, called Falsyde, openlie affirment yit they will not cease ; but still they for treuth, that when the quene was will manteane bir as sche were ane in. lying in icasing of the king, the Ladie nocent and vniustlie handied of hir sub- Athole, lying thair lykwayis, bayth, iectis. Let his and hir: menteaneris within the castell of Edinburgh, that he compleane, upon God, who made bir come thair for sum busines, and called chief faiteraris hir cheifest enemies, for the Ladie Reirres, whoine he fand What scho sál be to thame or they to in hir chalmer, lying bedfast, and he hir, lat them declare, I speik of thingis asking hir of bir disease, scho ans certane and bypast.

writ that scho was never so trubled

with no barne that ever scho bair, ffor Bannatyne seems on this subject to

the Ladie Athole had cassin all the pyne have fully adopted the sentiments of of hir childbirth vpon hir.

P. 238. his master, He denominates Mary The following describes an event 6 that murtherer and knawin adultres 'too common at that period. called the quene"; and elsewhere The 28 of Apryle'thair was ane witche " the quene murtherer of Scotland." brunt in St Androis, wha


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cused of mony horible thingis, which lic question--Dr Franklin's works scho denyed; albeit they were sufficient- Duten's Memoires.-Hoare's Girallie prowen. Being desyred that scho wold forgive a man, that had done hir

dus Cambrensis Pinkerton's Recol. some offence (as scho alledged), re

lections of Paris.--Moore's poems, fused ; that when ane vther that stude &c. by said, gif scho did not forgive, that Sketches of picturesque Scenery in God wald not forgive hir, and so scho the Southern Counties of Perthshire, suld be dampned. But scho not caren by the Rev. Patrick Graham, minisfor hell or heawin, said opinlie, I pass ter of Aberfoyle, 8vo. 35. 6d. not whidder I goe to liell or heawin,

Considerations on the plan of di. with dyvers vtheris execrable wordis. Efter bir handis were bound, the providing the Chamber of Justice,&c. 35. vest causeth litt vp bir claithis, to see

Remarks on Live Stock and Rela. bir mark that scho had, or to sie gif scho tive Subjects. By Andrew Coventry, Jiad ony thing vpon hir I can not weill Professor of Agriculture ia the Unitell, but thair was a white chaith like a versity of Edinburgh, 8vo. 2s. 6d. collore craig with string is in betuene hir leggis, whairon was mony knottis v pon

New Editions. the stringis of the said collore craig, which was tacken from hir sore against The Experienced Mill Wright, or hir will; for belykescho thought that scho

a treatise on the Construction of some suld not have died that being vpon hir, of the most useful Machines, with for scho said, when it was taken from hir, Now I have no hoip of myself.'

the latest, Discoveries ; to which is

prefixed, a short Account of the to the journal of Bannatine Mr General Principles of Mechanics, and Dalyell has added several other little the Mechanical Powers. By Andrew pieces, under the following titles :

Gray, Mill Wright. One Volurke

Imperial 4to. Second Edition 21. Letters from Secretary Maitland and

the Earl of Mortoun, 1572, An account of the Death of the Earl of The Gazetteer of Scotland, conHuntly, 1576.

taining a particular and concise de. Confession of the Earl of Mortoun, 1581. scription of the Counties, Parishes, Mutual aggressions by the contending Islands, Cities, Towns, Villages, factions, 1570,

Lakes, Rivers, Mountains, Valleys, &c. of that kingdom. With an ac

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Mr Murray, lecturer in ChemisThe Edinburgh Review, No. 16. try, Materia Medica, and Pharmacy, This number contains Macpherson's at Edinburgh, has in the press 2 Annals of Commerce-Lemaistre's System of Chemistry, which is exTravels-Historical view of Chris. pected to make four octavo volumes, tianity-Mawman's Tour through and to appear in the beginning of Scotland-Macdiarmid on National next winter. Defence-Throckmorton on Catho. Mr Robert Hamilton, teacher of


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cocution in the colleges of Old and Harwood, Professor of Medicine; Mt New Aberdeen, has ready for the Christian, Professor of Law; and Vess s. press, Elements of Elocution, or an Lens, Frere, and Meek, Fellows. It is Introduction to Pronunciation and understood tnat medicine is the branch of Reading; intended for the improve in this institution; and that an endea

science which will be chiefly cultivated ment of youth, in the pronunciation vour will be made by means of it lo and delivery of the English language. rescue our English universities from For the first time, io any collection the opprobrium under which they have of this kind, the pauses peculiar to laboured, owing to neglect of this most poetry are distinguished by particu- useful of human arts. lar inarks.

The late statute at Oxford for public A new edition of the tale entitled, ing of Degrees, has been attended with

Examinations previously to the obtain. 66 The Swiss Emigrants," is now in the happiest effects on the application of

the students. It has rescued that uni. Through bis acquaintance with versity from the charges of Gibbon and some members of the present admi. others; and close study is now as essen

tial to the attainment of honours at Oxnistration, Mr Laing has had access to an original document relative to

ford as at any university in Europe.-the guilt of Queen Mary, which, in

A new statute is expected, by which

every student will be obliged to under. ; his opinion, brings that question to

go two public examinations, one in the a decisive issue. He has received classics, and one in the sciences, at the from the State-paper office, a tran. interval of two years between each, lescript of one of Mary's letters to fore he can obtain a Bachelor's degree ; Bothwell in the original French, ese

and by the same statute, the present sentially different from the French examination for a Master's degree is to

be discontinued. translation printed at Rochelle, and

Sir George Staunton, having translatevidently the original from which the ed into the Chinese language a TreatScotch is translated.

ise on the Vaccine Inoculation, the first English work that ever was published in China,) a general inoculation

for the Cow-pox has taken place in the LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, ENGLISH populous city of Canton. So far have and FOREIGN.

this jealous people got the better of their

prejudices in this instance, that a very REPARATIONS are at length mak- arge subcription was raised for estab

ing for the erection of Downing lishing an institution in the city of College at Cambridge, on the ground Canton, by means of which the inoculawhich lies opposite to the front of Ema- tion is to be spread into the neighbour. nuel, and on the left of the street which ing country, and the matter disseminaleads from that College to Pembroke. ted into every province of the emThe architect is Mr Wilkins, whose pire. knowledge of Grecian models gives The papers of the late illustrious reason to hope that the edifice will be Lord Macartney, have been confided to worthy of the University which it is Mr Barrow, by his Lordship's executintended to adorn. The establishment ors; and they will soon be given to the is to consist of a Master, a Professor of public, accompanied by full and accu. the Laws of England, a Professor of Me- rate Memoirs of his Lordship’s long and dicine, sixteen Fellows, and six Scholars, active life. Two of the Fellows are to be in holy The state of Literary Criticism, as it orders, and the rest, after the usual stand is now carried on in this metropolis, ing, are to become barristers at law, or has determined several persons of the doctors of physic. The Master, the two first literary distinction in the universi. Professors, and three of the Fellows, have ty of Oxford, to commence the publicabeen named in the charter; and are tion of a periodical Literary Censor in Dr Francis Annesly Master; Sir Busick that seat of science and learning.


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A Chemical Society is about to be reprinting, with corrections, The Cri. established in London, The admission terion; or, Miracles Examined ; a work of subscribers is for the present limited that has long since been out of print, to sixty, and the annual subscription and which is unquestionably one of the is fixed at three guineas. An unlimit- ablest defences of revealed religion that ed number of gentlemen, residing in the ever was published in this or any councountry, may be admitted as subscrib- try. ers, on paying one guinea annually, The government of China would not which shall entitle them to visit the permit the learned men and artists atSociety as members, whenever they re- tached to the Russian embassy, to pro. side in the capital, provided their stay ceed into the interior of that country, does not exceed three months. The One of them, the Councillor of State, admission of members for the present Schubat, intends returning by way of is confined to a Committee, who request' northern Siberia, for the purpose of that such gentlemen as are desirous of collecting in a country so little known becoming subscribers may favour them to Europeans everything worthy of with their names, for which

purpose à observation. book is opened at their Laboratory, No. A complete skeleton of an elephant I1, Old Compton-street.

has been lately discovered at Sbinchow, Dr Vincent has in the press a new in the Russian governmeni ot Casan, edition of the Nearchus,

This is a phenomenon which conhrins The unwieldy extent of the poets at the conjec:ures of M. Buffon. Jarge has determined Mr Pratt, a gen- A judgement may be formed of the tleman whose taste in elegant litera- zeal for the sciences in the Russian proture has been acknowledged by the vince of Kiow, from the circumstance public during a period of thirty years, that in three days the sum of 500,000 to make a selection of the best pieces rubles was subscribed for the support of contained in the entire series of our the college established in that city. national poets, which he intends to Prince Besborodko has given a furd print in six or seven elegant small vo- of 210,000 rubles, and an annual revelumes. The pieces from each poet nue of 15,000 rubles, to the college will be introduced by a short biographi- which he has established at Naschin in cal notice, and generally accompanied the Ukraine. by a finely engraved portrait. The en- Dr. Fuchs, author of several esteem. tire work will be prefaced by a Criticed works on natural history, has been cal and Historical Essay on the Charac- appointed prófessor and director of the teristics and progress of English poetry, botanic garden belonging to the univerfrom Chaucer to Cowper.

sity of Casan, Mr Johnes proposes to publish a In a periodical work published at Supplementary

. Volume to his quarto Petersburg, entitled the “ St. Peteredition of Froissart's Chronicles; con- burgische Monathscrift,” there is a very taining Memoirs of the Life of the Au- interesting article on the progress of thor ; the various readings produced for learning and civilization in Russia, from the projected new Louvre edition; an the most remote antiquity to the time account of the celebrated manuscripts of Peter the Great. What will particuof the Chronicles at Breslaw, with its larly attract the attention, is the hope various readings and additions, and an held out of recovering some of the works account of the death of Richard II. of of the ancients supposed to be irretrievEngland, extracted from a manuscript ably lost. It appears that Jarislaus I., in the National Library at Paris. son of Waladiam the Great, invited to

Mr Mitford has in the press an en- his court a great number of learned larged edition of his history of Greece, Greeks, and employed them in translatto which will be now added a new voi ing into the Slavonic language Greek lume.

works, the originals of which were deDr Pinel's Treatise on Insanity, trans- posited in the church of St. Sophia. Jated, and accompanied with Notes, by Constantine was so great a lover of the Dr Davis, is nearly ready for publica- sciences, that he collected more than tion.

1000 Greek manuscripts, several of which Dr Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury, is he caused to be translated and distribut


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